HMP Low Moss welcomes first inmates
March 12 2012
The Scottish Prison Service has officially opened HMP Low Moss, a new 700 cell facility intended to ease overcrowding in jail system.
Its first guests, 100 prisoners from Barlinnie, will arrive in their new home today, the first of hundreds.
Benefiting from wide corridors, workshops, kitchens and classrooms the new facility is a far cry from the wooden huts it replaces.
Split into four wings the complex is overseen by a central control desk the prison is said to have "no corners where men can hide”, offering clear lines of sight through to cells.
An emphasis will be placed on enforcing a strict regime of work to force inmates to get out of bed in the morning and earn their privileges.
This includes switching off TV’s at 01:00 and turning off power to the cells between 09:00 and 17:00 when prisoners are expected to work.
Designed by Holmes Miller the £116m scheme is stated as setting the benchmark for a further three new prisons being built around the country.